By Mary Ann Clark
Santeria, sometimes called Yoruba, Lukumi, or Orisha, was once initially delivered to the Americas from Africa through enslaved peoples destined for the Caribbean and South the US. by way of the past due Nineteen Eighties it was once predicted that greater than 70 million African and American humans participated in, or have been accustomed to, a number of the kinds of Santeria, together with conventional religions in Africa, Vodun in Haiti, Candomble in Brazil, Shango faith in Trinidad, Santeria in Cuba and, after all, versions of all of those within the U.S. at the present time there are practitioners world wide together with Europe and Asia. a result of secretive nature of the faith, it's been tricky to get actual and aim info, yet right here, Clark introduces readers to the faith, explores the fundamental parts, together with the Orisha, and solutions the various questions Santeria arouses in observers and practitioners alike.Santeria used to be dropped at the USA in precept waves, one within the early Sixties after the Cuban Revolution and later by means of the Marielitos who escaped from the island within the Nineteen Eighties. because then it has unfold to the bigger Hispanic neighborhood, to the African American neighborhood, and to different segments of society besides. this day, practitioners are available in each nation, and curiosity in Orisha and comparable traditions has received recognition. because the variety of practitioners has grown so has public understanding. during this compelling creation, Clark solutions such questions as the place did this faith come from? What do practioners think? Is it a cult? What occurs at a ritual occasion? How does it view dying and the afterlife? Is there ritual sacrifice? Clark, a practitioner in addition to a student of the religion, dispels the myths that encompass this non secular perform, and brings readers to a greater realizing of this becoming religion in the USA.